When the Oscars are handed out on February 26, Damien Chazelle could potentially join an elite group of filmmakers by winning Best Screenplay and Best Director for the same film. The “La La Land” director and writer is the favorite, according to Gold Derby’s experts from major media outlets, to win the Oscar for Best Director (2/11 odds). And he’s our experts’ second-place choice to take home the screenplay trophy (10/3 odds). If he wins both races, this 32-year-old auteur will become only the 13th person to accomplish such a feat. Click through our photo gallery above to see the 12 filmmakers who won Oscars for both writing and directing the same film.
Two legendary filmmakers — Billy Wilder and Joseph L. Mankiewicz — have achieved this feat more than once. Wilder won writing and directing Oscars for 1945’s “The Lost Weekend” and 1960’s “The Apartment,” while Mankiewicz triumphed in consecutive years, winning in both categories for 1949’s “A Letter to Three Wives” and 1950’s “All About Eve.” Coincidentally, Chazelle’s “La La Land” earned 14 nominations, the same record-setting number received by “All About Eve.”
Alejandro G. Inarritu is the most recent addition to this group, winning both awards for 2014’s Best Picture champ “Birdman.” Though he did not earn a nomination for his screenplay last year for “The Revenant,” Inarritu did match Mankiewicz by winning his second consecutive directing Oscar for that film.
While Chazelle is heavily favored to win for directing, particularly after his victories at the DGA and BAFTA, the race for Best Original Screenplay is a bit more complicated. No musical has won a screenplay award since “Gigi” in 1958. And voters may choose this category as the place to reward “Manchester by the Sea” and its writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, who has leading 2/5 odds to win Best Original Screenplay. Can Lonergan stop Chazelle on his way to becoming a part of Oscar history?
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